Since 1961 when Walt Disney bought the rights to A. A. Milne’s children’s book Winnie the Pooh, Disney has had a steady line of featurettes and television films. The Tigger Movie is the first feature film bringing to another generation Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, and Piglet too.
The film is the story of Tigger wanting to do what Tiggers do best: bounce. But no one wants to bounce with him, because they are all preparing for the coming winter. Tigger begins to wonder what it would be like to have a family of Tiggers just like him. Roo tries his best to cheer Tigger up, but to no avail. The group of stuffed friends decide to craft a letter to Tigger from his family. Upon receiving the letter, Tigger is overwhelmed with joy, which makes Roo very happy. But then Tigger starts talking about his family coming to visit, and the group gets nervous.
They design costumes and dress up to look like Tigger and pretend to be Tigger’s family. But when Tigger finds out that they are all wearing masks and costumes, he becomes disappointed again. And so, he sets out, once more, looking for his family tree.
The film’s main downfall is that it tries to be like Aladdin, with the songs and Tigger morphing into various pop culture icons. But the Pooh stories are Aladdin-like. What the movie lacks is an appeal to charm children.
Even so, the theme of family is a strong and rich one in this film. While Tigger is lonely because there are no other Tiggers in the Hundred Acre Wood, he does learn by the movie’s end that his stuffed friends make a family, even Rabbit. We don’t have to look or act alike to be family. Especially when it comes to the family of God. Diversity, in the many forms that it takes, is a rich addition to any family. Throughout the Old Testament, we see evidence of God teaching the Israelites to be welcoming to aliens, those who are different from them. Ruth, for example, was welcomed into the family of God even though she was a Moabite, and would become a major part of Jesus’ family tree (see Matthew 1).
Our diversity unites us. And we are all family.